The Long and Short of It

Guest BloggerChoosing: Michael Vorhis, Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come.
The debate as to whether size matters has long raged…and nowhere more prominently than among fishermen, in their eternal quest for yet another perfect fly rod. As the years go by we acquire wands we claim are tailored to a variety of precise uses, and those with no obvious specialty we label “backups” or “in case a buddy comes to visit” or whatever else might justify adding them to our collections.

But there’s a layered series of misconceptions held by many as to which rod size is a match for a given size of fish. In particular, many fishermen I meet seem to think the purpose of a short rod on a small stream is to give the little fish a chance. They envision feisty bouts of courage and wit against diminutive denizens, all courtesy of the shortness of the wand. Since they cannot change what lives in their stream, they attack the problem by scaling the rod length down, on the theory that doing so will approximate the sport enjoyed against monster steelhead on legendary western rivers. They call it “giving the small ones a chance.”

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